Dalwood Community Shop and Post Office

15th Anniversary Celebrations

On Friday 16th September Dalwood community shop and PO celebrated its 15th anniversary at the shop.

Volunteers, customers and visitors were greeted by colourful bunting and pretty gingham decorated tables.

During the afternoon invitees included volunteers from other shops and Pub start-ups, Chairman of Devon Council Andrew Moulding and our MP Neil Parish.

The tables were laden with products sold in the shop and supplied by various providers reflecting different times of the day. From cereals and eggs for breakfast through to Ploughmans lunch followed by scones and jam for tea. with sausages bacon and curries for the evening. Teas and coffee were served all day.

The Plunkett Foundation who are very supportive of Community Shops and Pubs were represented by Harriet English who had come from Oxford to lend her support.

A toast was taken and a beautiful decorated cake was cut.

There was a free raffle for a Hamper full of donated goodies.

A display board highlighted the progress the shop had made in its 15 years including new equipment solar panels and competition successes.

The shop would like to thank all their loyal volunteers and customers who have made this Anniversary possible and for making Friday such an enjoyable day.

We look forward to the next 15 years!!!

About Dalwood Community Shop and Post Office

In 1999 the sub post office closed and it was decided to try to set up a new Post Office and shop. Questionnaire was sent round the village to gauge their support and found most people were in favour.

Finding premises was difficult but East Devon Council agreed to rent us one garage in a block of 3. They also allowed us to rebuild and extend it.

The building work was project managed and built by local builders and volunteers who gave their time for free.

In December 2001 the shop opened followed by the Post Office the following January.

The shop is entirely manned by volunteers who work on the till, purchasing or administration. We have about 45 in all, some on a regular shift and some who fill in when required. It is a good way for newcomers to the village to make friends and learn about the village. The shop is open 363 days year and we are very proud of their continued support. In 13 years the shop has only closed once because of a power cut.

Over the years we have extended into the garage next door plus redesigned, refitted and redecorated the interior. The exterior has been repainted and plant troughs added.

We are very proud of the beautiful environment in which we live and we are plastic bag free. Our last major undertaking was the installation of Solar panels which also helps the environment and makes a major contribution to our electricity costs. We are grateful to Making it Local for a grant towards making the project possible.

In response to requests by local and visiting customers we introduced “chip and pin” to accept debit and credit cards and has proved very popular.

The Shop is situated in the village a short walk from the picturesque Tuckers Arms and St Peter’s Parish Church.

We are fortunate to have purchasing arrangements with Sainsburys The Co-op and cash and carry stores which allows us to sell a variety of familiar items for everyday use from Apple Juice to washing products.

After collecting your ordered newspaper, why not start the day with a good choice of cereals or perhaps local free range eggs and bacon.

Have some soup for lunch with a sandwich of tuna or other canned fish.

For the afternoon there is a selection of teas, coffees and chocolates. We also offer a good assortment of biscuits aswell. Add local jams and honey to make a special afternoon tea.

Sauces and different condiments compliment the variety of rices and pastas for a quick and easy evening meal.

Our off-licence is very popular with well priced wines, spirits and ciders plus soft drinks and juices.

If you want to treat someone our range of chocolates and sweets f

There is a chiller with daily delivered milk and dairy products, local Bacon, sausages and pies together with cold drinks.

There are 4 freezers, one with meat packed and frozen for us by a local prizewinning butcher and 2 others with ready meals, vegetables and desserts. The fourth freezer has a good selection of ice creams and lollies.

A good range of household products and toiletries are also available.

There is a wide selection of tourist information especially a free publication with walks around Dalwood starting and finishing at the pub.

For souvenirs look for our attractive Tea Towels, shopping bag, postcards and notelets, also look out for the Cornish Clotted cream biscuits with a pretty picture of the village on the wrapper.

The Post Office is open 3 mornings a week and is available for all postal activities, banking, currency etc. New Post office products are added regularly, please check with the Post Master.

We hope you enjoy shopping with us and please do not hesitate to ask questions.